Seaham Red Star manager Mark Collingwood is hoping to make signings before tomorrow’s First Division clash at Norton and Stockton Ancients.
“I’ve again got players missing, but whether I can get anyone over the line in time for them to make their debuts is uncertain,” said Collingwood, who misses Daryll Donnelly, Nicky Kane and Paul Gardiner. Fortunately for Red Star, David Scorer is available.
Norton, who won promotion last season, parted company with manager Adam Rundle after only three games and installed Dean Brown, with Mark Fanning as his assistant.
Chairman Michael Mulligan is delighted at the way the pair have motivated the players which has resulted in improved performances.
He said: “Dean and Mark are tactfully very good and the lads are responding.
“It was a great point to take from Ashington on Tuesday and we’re looking for our first win tomorrow.”
With Dale Mulligan doubtful with a hamstring injury, Brown is pleased to have Jamie Poole in excellent form and he could form the central defensive partnership with 18-year-old Matthew Lovegreen.
Sunderland RCA won for the first time on Wednesday, but will surely find it difficult against Shildon at Meadow Park. The Railwaymen boast the only 100 per cent record and the only side yet to concede a goal.
They took over pole position on Wednesday by defeating Guisborough Town, who started the night in fourth place.
The failure to convert chances is costing Durham City dearly, according to manager Ian Chandler.
Ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Penrith, Chandler said: “We are creating chances galore but just cannot put the ball in the net. It’s very frustrating and something we are working on.”
A blow for City is the news that Dan Dillon could miss most of the season after breaking his ankle a week past Wednesday. He went on holiday the following day with a cast on his leg.
Also missing tomorrow is Conor Okus with a hamstring injury, but Moussa Bekhti is back from a spell in France.
“We’ve made an indifferent start to the season but if I can bring in a couple of bodies we’ll be OK,” added Chandler.
In the only other First Division fixture, Bedlington Terriers will be aiming for back-to-back wins when they meet West Allotment Celtic.
Terriers won on Wednesday for only the first time since December.
Once again, though, they are understrengh with Dan Staples, Fraser Nairn and Marc Walton injured. Fabian Ottey, signed from Blyth Spartans will deputise fore Staples in goal.
In Division Two, third-top Chester-le-Street are at home to fourth-placed Team Northumbria, who lost for the first time at Ryhope CW on Tuesday when they had three players sent off.
Ryhope CW, with three wins and one defeat from four fixtures, go to South Shields, who are second.
Martin Metcalfe, Richard Hodgson and Jack Pounder come into the plans of manager Gary Pearson, who names Antony Lowerson in goal for the unavailable Chris Rookes.
Easington Colliery entertain Willington pleased to have Shaun Smith and Shane O’Brien back, while Luke Pagewill look to continue his midweek scoring exploits, but Kyle Donaldson could be out for some time and Dean Caris, signed this week from Esh Winning, will be in goal.
Manager Paul Frame awaits news on the fitness of Jordan Thompson and Liam Gill, while David Paul serves the last game of a six-match ban